Who needs ink? The future of newspapers

That’s the title of a Commonwealth Club discusssion on March 30 with four media experts: Goldman, Sachs publishing industry analyst Peter Appert, retired Knight Ridder news vice president and former Mercury News editor Jerry Ceppos, former Merc columnist and now Bayosphere.com blogger Dan Gillmore, and Salon.com editor-in-chief Joan Walsh. Jim Bettinger, director of the Knight Fellowships Program at Stanford will moderate. Topics include whether competition from the Internet and other sources of information will doom newspapers and what’s best for

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‘Heartbroken’ Chron reporter claims plagiarism was unintentional

Reporter Edward Guthmann tells the SF Weekly: “At one point, I read about the 1,000th suicide in the New Yorker article and pasted two sentences in my text as a ‘flag’ — a reminder to myself to mention the fact. But when I went back to the piece, which may have been days later since I had other work during that time, I forgot those weren’t my words. I should have set them in boldface or larger type, or not

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Bay Guardian sues SF Weekly owner alleging predatory pricing

Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond reports that his newspaper has sued the New Times chain and its local papers, the SF Weekly and East Bay Express, for violating U.S. antitrust laws and California’s Business and Professions Code. Specifically, the Guardian claims New Times is selling ads at below cost, forcing the Bay Guardian to do the same. Eventually the Guardian’s pockets will run out of money faster than New Times, and that’s unfair, or at least that’s how the legal

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Watch what you say on sports-talk radio

David Pollack of the SJ Mercury News reports that the firing of KNBR’s Larry Krueger has dominated the sports-talk airwaves. And both the station and the Giants went out of their way to say the team played no role in KNBR’s decision. Krueger, program manager Bob Agnew and morning show producer Tony Rhein were dismissed late Tuesday night (Aug. 9). Earlier that day, Rhein put two comic sound bites over the air that station General Manager Tony Salvadore called an

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Guild approves ‘terrible’ Chronicle agreement

About 120 newsroom, advertising and circulation employees at the San Francisco Chronicle are expected to lose their jobs as the result of a five-year contract approved by the 900-member Northern California Media Workers Guild. The vote was 574-119 in favor of the deal, which was reached tentatively on July 24 and takes effect immediately (July 28). There were five abstentions. Guild President Michael Cabanatuan said, “I’m glad that it passed, but mostly I feel sad.” The paper’s management has said

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Mercury News reports huge circulation losses

The San Jose Mercury News reported its spring circulation numbers Monday, two weeks after most other daily newspapers did, and the filing shows that the Knight Ridder paper experienced one of the biggest circ drops in the industry. For the six-month period ending March 2005, daily circ at the Mercury News declined 7.1%, or 19,890, to 259,649 copies. Sunday circ fell 9.9%, or 30,793, to 277,632 copies.